Solo Cruise Tips: 5 Ways To Significantly Reduce The Cost of Solo Cruising!

Solo Cruise Tips: 5 Ways To Significantly Reduce The Cost of Solo Cruising!

In this video you will find out how to
travel significantly cheaper as a solo Cruiser. Hi, I’m Gary Bembridge of Tips For Travelers and also the author of a couple of cruise books including “The
Cruise Traveler’s Handbook” and “Essential Cruise Tips”. The challenge with cruising as a solo traveller is you’ll find a surcharge
on many many cruise lines, and itineraries. of anything between 50% and
a hundred percent of the room rates. So it can be very very expensive to cruise.
So I have five tips to show you how you can cruise in a much more cost-effective
way. Search out cruise lines and ships that
have solo cabins. The good news is that pretty much all the major cruise lines,
as they bring in new ships, are bringing in ships with a percentage of solo
cabins. They understand this is a growing trend and very important. A few of the
cruise lines that I would recommend you specifically take a look out for is Cunard,
now all three of their ships (the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and the Queen
Victoria) all now have solo cabins. There’s not a lot of them, but they do
have them available. Also cruise lines like P&O Cruises. The two of the really
big boys that you should take a look at is Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise
Line. Norwegian Cruise Line has what I think is one of the most innovative
things when it comes to solo cruising. They’ve created this area on some of
their larger ships which are only solo cabins. So you have you a dedicated area accessed with your cruise card for a bit of extra security. There is a
small lounge / communal area and then they have the solo cabins. When you’re
looking for a cruise certainly ask your cruise agent for ships and cruise lines
that have specific solo cabins. That’s your best way of finding a great fare.
The second thing to consider is look at European river cruising. Many of the
cruise lines that go up and down the rivers within Europe offer either great
deals or have solo cabins. It’s very very easy to find solo traveller deals on
river cruise lines. You’ll find lots of solo travelers normally, and they really do cater for solo travellers. European river cruising is a great
option for solo cruisers. The third tip is some cruise lines actually offer
programs where they will partner up solo travelers. You’ll find that
happens quite a lot on some of the more exotic location cruises like the Arctic and
Antarctica. They will often offer up schemes where they will partner sets of travelers
together. But even mainstream cruise lines like Princess
and Holland America also often offer opportunities. So again you can approach
the cruise line and your cruise agent and find out if they do run those
programs on your particular itinerary. Of course the downside is you may be
cruising with people that you may or may not get on with – but certainly
on some of those itineraries which are very port intensive you may find you
don’t mind that because actually saving between 50% and 100% surcharge is worth taking the risk of the partnership program. My fourth tip is to sign up
for solo traveller sites and blogs newsletters. There are a couple of really
great blogs that specifically target solo travelers, and they’re always on
the lookout for deals and in their various newsletters they will always
publish when they come across special deals or special offers
targeting solo travelers. A couple of those sites to consider are sites like which is one of the largest online resources for solo
travel advice and deals. There’s also
and The other thing I would also do when you’re
signing up for newsletters is if there are any particular cruise lines that
really appeal to you, whether it’s Holland America, Royal Caribbean or
whatever, is also sign up for their newsletters. Because it’s those
newsletters where they will also publish promotions when it comes to solo
travelers. I’m frequently getting newsletters where they will have a
specific time of the year or a program targeted at solo travelers. So my fifth
tip is actually another one related to using the Internet. What you can do on
sites like Google for example is if you search “solo cruise deals” or “solo
traveler cruises”, it will give you various resources and tips etc. Then
set up an alert as it’s very easy to do. If you type in that particular search term
you can then set up an alert and as various articles or promotions come up and are
picked up by search engines like Google they will send you alert about those
deals. So there you are, those are five tips on how as a solo traveller you can
find a much more cost-effective way of cruising. It
can be very expensive going on a cruise as a solo traveller with 50% to 100% surcharge makes it very very costly – but
there are different resources you can use. Increasingly the great news is
cruising is really really focusing on solo travellers. If you liked the video
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what would also be even better is if you have any other ideas or suggestions or
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22 thoughts on “Solo Cruise Tips: 5 Ways To Significantly Reduce The Cost of Solo Cruising!

  • August 24, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Do you have any tips to help solo travellers? Please add them to help others!

  • August 24, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I think it would be very interesting if cruise ships implemented a capsule hotel style lodging, similar to what you see in Japan.

  • August 24, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Look into repositioning cruises.  Some times the discounted fare is low enough to make paying the solo surcharge not that bad.

  • August 28, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you very much for the info, Gary. Do solo cabins have balconies and / or nice views?

  • September 1, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Why YouTube changed the “thumbs up – like” sign into black color?.. It looks scary, like the eclipse of liking, like the darkness incommensurable with the positive impressions… Wrong!!! It makes me feeling odd every time I click it (and I don’t push it that often)… What a smudge of the tasteless speckle…

  • September 8, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Wow, I've never heard of solo travel partner finder services before!

  • November 13, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    We have friends who live in Miami and get fabulous cruise deals because they are able to leave from their home town. We live in the MidWest and even though we may come across a good cruise deal, we often find the cost of the airfare makes the trip less of a bargain. I would like to see a video that gives us tips for finding cost effective flights to major port cities. Thank you and we enjoy your videos.

  • March 16, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    At least NCL have forgot why they made the studios got a deal for 1200 $. Not ok. They offerd me a balconyroom for the same price. Iguess that was alright for a single with balcony. They should be like at single rate, BASTA!

  • May 13, 2018 at 8:56 am

    what is the average size of a solo cabin? can it be in a nice spot or is it always an inner cabin ?

  • August 17, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Thank you

  • August 17, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Hello!! Will you please let me know cruise lines which cater to people in their late 20s to late 30s?

  • August 21, 2018 at 12:01 am

    But u have to fly to another coast to get solo cabin ships…ugh

  • October 3, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Thank you! Very helpful and informative, especially your video what to bring when cruising to Alaska. Thank you so much.

  • December 2, 2018 at 5:02 am

    i called carnival and they said that i cant have a drone that has a detached camera. They said is because of US customs. Why?? Any tips? How to get around this? I have a 3dr solo and dont want it confiscated. Im going on a 4 day cruise from long beach on carnival inspiration.

  • December 29, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Awesome, thanks!

  • April 4, 2019 at 12:03 am

    I think I'm going to do a single cruise in the near future and I will use these tips

  • May 19, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Great tips! Love your videos. Setup a notebook just for you. Thanks a Million! 👏🏾👏🏼👏

  • June 1, 2019 at 3:57 am

    holland america charges OVER 100% single surcharge. i was looking at hal this evening on multiple tours,and they charge 100% plus an additional $177 dollars.weird

  • June 3, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    you're the greatest

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  • October 10, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Now that the needs of solo travelers is being recognized, I am planning one because I just don't want to have to go with someone and feel tied down…

  • October 11, 2019 at 4:24 am

    This is an excellent video. Thank you!


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